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The Hunted (1994)




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In this international action thriller, Paul Racine (Christopher Lambert) is an American salesman with a computer firm who is in Japan on business. While spending an evening in a bar, he meets Kirina (Joan Chen), a beautiful but mysterious woman. Paul buys Kirina a drink, one thing leads to another, and he ends up spending the night with her. However, when Paul returns to her room to retrieve a set of keys he left behind, he discovers that Kirina is being murdered by Kinjo (John Lone), the master of a cult of bloodthirsty ninjas. Kinjo informs Karina that no one has ever seen his face and lived, so when Paul witnesses Kirina's execution and the face Kinjo hides behind his mask, he's a marked man. With the help of Takeda (Yoshio Harada), an experienced ninja fighter, Paul learns how to defend himself against his new adversaries as he plots a final showdown with the deadly Kinjo. The Hunted represented something of a reunion for John Lone and Joan Chen, who previously starred together in The Last Emperor.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By: ,
Written By: J.F. Lawton
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On DVD: Mar 2, 1999
MCA Universal Home Video

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John Lone
as Kinjo
Joan Chen
as Kirina
Tak Kubota
as Oshima
Masumi Okada
as Lt. Wadakura
Hideyo Amamoto
as Mr. Motogi
Seth Sakai
as Dr. Otozo Yamura
Jason Furukawa
as Bartender
Naoko Sasaki
as Officer Noako
Warren Takeuchi
as Officer at Hospital
Dean Choe
as 1st Ninja
Victor Kimura
as Medical Technician
Iris Salmon
as 1st Surgeon
Jack Mar
as 2nd Surgeon
Tong Lung
as Detective
Reina Reyes
as Small Girl
Hiroshi Nakatsuka
as Taxi Driver
Jay Ono
as Train Controlman
Hiro Kanagawa
as Lieutenant
Mercedes Tang
as Mistress
Ryoto Sakata
as Officer on Train
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Full Review… | March 13, 2003
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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a western-made Samurai flick that isn't a completely lame waste of time. Of course, this is mostly thanks to the Japanese supporting cast

Full Review… | March 19, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Hunted



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Bit of a silly but highly enjoyable thriller set in Japan as Chris Lambert is hunted down by a clan of Ninja for disturbing a ritual killing. Funny thing is about this film is Lambert isn't really involved in much of the main action throughout, it tends to revolve around John Lone's Master Ninja character and Yoshio Harada's modern day Samurai.

The whole film is rather basic really from the slightly bog standard action and fighting sequences to the rather cheesy and unfunny humour that has been wrongly chosen, the whole thing looks a bit like a TV movie really.

My enjoyment came from my love of Japanese/Asian culture as a whole as I love to watch anything to do with the wild East. The film is basically held together by the gorgeous Joan Chen in a small role unfortunately, the inclusion of Takayuki Kubota in a funny role which isn't really that funny and wastes his skills and the legendary Yoshio Harada as 'Ichirou Takeda' the samurai, Harada's performance in this film is virtually unprecedented as he plays it completely seriously and looks damn good whilst doing so. His rough, weathered, wise looks, his deep, harsh, booming voice together with his fighting stance...the man IS a modern day samurai, the word 'epic' in the dictionary has a pic of Harada next to it.

Lone can't quite get into the rhythm for me here, he doesn't quite fit his ninja character in looks or performance really (he is Chinese) and as I said Lambert is in the background really right up to the very end, but his out of place feel suits the film well. Average film with highlights from the Eastern world :)

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Christopher Lambert is a foreigner in Japan who gets caught up in a secret world of ninja cults and samurai warriors.... The Hunted is full of Japanese clichés - but that gives it its charm - the film *likes* Japan and enjoys sticking in such quintessentially Japanese scenery like castles, pachinko parlours, robotic toilets, the bullet train, taiko drummers (the famous drumming group Kodo appear), wooden bridges over rivers, paper screen doors, swordmakers, and of course samurai.

Lambert is good throughout this film, his encounter with a mysterious lady in a nightclub is a sexy cliché, but Lambert's character is always likable and decent, and not stereotypically macho - he has to cower in a corner in some of the scenes where ninjas attack (although to be fair he was injured...) When Lambert manages to escape the first wave of (bloody) ninja attacks he goes to an island full of samurai who are dedicated to wiping out the evil ninja cult. In some ways it becomes a bit like The Last Samurai at this point, as Lambert's fish out of water has to learn how to handle a katana and bonds with a swordsmith.

It is a silly film at times and, the dialogue is weak here and there, but it has some nice imagery of Japan, some brutal swordplay, and successfully keeps the a good pace. Not a perfect B action film but you could do alot worse, Check it out

David Ladd

Super Reviewer

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